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ASC Courses and Workshops: CAEX 6061: Grad Writing II - Int. Comp Skills

CAEX 6061: Graduate Writing II - Intermediate Composition Skills

Ideal Students

  • Graduate students who want to strengthen their scholarly writing skills, with a focus on paraphrasing, synthesizing, and evaluating main ideas.
  • Graduate students who have successfully completed 6050 or 6051: Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition, or have been recommended to take this course from a course instructor.
  • NOTE: Graduate students only (Master’s or Doctoral)

Course Description

In this 8-week course, students will practice effective writing strategies to advance their scholarly writing skills. The course is designed to help prepare master’s and doctoral students for successful writing experiences at Walden, including writing-intensive coursework. In a supportive environment, students will practice the core concepts of critical reading and research, prewriting, drafting, and revising; and apply those concepts through discussions and a variety of assignments. Students will compose an evaluative essay for their final course essay. Students will also complete an assessment of their skills and a personal plan for continued development of their scholarly writing. This course is complimentary to CAEX 6050: Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills, and enhances the skills covered in CAEX 6050. Students in this course are expected to have a familiarity with the skills covered in CAEX 6050: Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills.

Course Outcomes

  • Evaluate scholarly writing skills and strategies for strengths and opportunities for improvement
  • Use a functional writing strategy that incorporates critical reading and research, prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Write an evaluative essay with cohesive paragraphs that synthesize main ideas
  • Incorporate Instructors’ comments on written work into revised drafts
  • Assess progress with writing skills and strategies
  • Develop a plan for continued learning of scholarly writing


This course costs $195. This amount does not include any applicable taxes and/or fees. 

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What are students saying about Graduate Writing II?

  • "This should be a mandatory course for all graduate level students."
  • "I have learned so much in this course.  I did not want to take this course but am very happy that I did.  I have improved so much and can apply what I have learned in my future courses."
  • "I really learned a lot from this class in regards to scholarly writing.  This class makes me feel much more confident about writing papers and being successful with my doctorate program. YEAH!"
  • "I really need[ed] this course.  I was not as good a writer as I thought I was but this course helped me to better understand APA and general writing mechanics."
  • "When I was directed to take this course, I felt humiliated. After the first week, I realized that it was the best decision someone ever made for me. It was worth my time and I recommend it as a foundation course for all students."
  • "Everything was amazing. I learned so much in this class, and I am glad I had to take this course."
  • "I managed to learn more about the APA style of writing and what is expected from a PhD student. At the beginning, I didn't think I needed this class. I was upset and actually mad that I had to take a third course. Was I ever surprised by what I have learned. I like the interactions with my classmates, that helped my to build up my confidence and to also give encouragement to others."
  • "I was upset to know I had to take this course after the initial writing assessment results.  However, I have since changed my mind now that I have finished the course.  This was just what I needed to force myself to take the time to use the Walden Writing Center resources to improve my writing skills.  I highly recommend this course as a requirement for all students."
  • "Initially I was annoyed that I had to take a writing class as I graduated my master's with a 3.9 and currently have a 4.0 in my doctorate.  I learned many points to scholarly writing in this class and feel it was a very good use of my time.  This class will make me more successful in my doctoral journey in the long run."
  • "The course helps doctoral students write stronger paragraphs.  I liked learning about the MEAL plan."
  • "This was a great course and really helped me improve my writing skills."
  • "The course materials were practical and made the process of improving my writing easy."
  • "I honestly resented having to take this course, initially, as I am a 4.0 doctoral student. However, I have learned a great deal from the course and therefore am sincerely grateful that I took it. Thank you very much."
  • "I believe this course should be a requirement for all Doctorate level students as it gives students tools and resources to improve scholarly writing."
  • "It is actually a very helpful course that no doubt everyone could use. Though the timing of it added a lot of pressure with another course and Residency at the same time, I managed to do quite well."